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The March 2017 “Fine-Scale Modeling” issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is now available! Download your copy here:

Winter seems to be hanging on tight. But that’s alright; we get to work on our layouts or play with our model railroads just a little longer before we are lured outdoors by the warm weather.

This issue is the third part of the trilogy of issues that started with the November 2016 issue which explored the topic of craftsmanship. The prior issue (January 2016) explored the topics of rust, dirt, and grime. In this issue, we focus on fine-scale modeling. The definition of fine-scale modeling varies depending on who you ask. Fine-scale modeling, according to Miles Hale, is not necessarily about the level of weathering or how long it took you to finish your model. It really comes down to not only the level of skills and techniques that are above and beyond the basic set of skills necessary for modeling, but down to the meticulous attention to details, your ability to be prototypically accurate, your knowledge of and willingness to research the prototypes, and your understanding of the era and the history of what you are modeling.

Ralph Renzetti, a master modeler who specializes in weathering engines and rolling stock, teaches us a unique technique for creating and applying wall posters and signs to our structures so they have that old weathered look. Jack Hykaway documents our interviews with Ralph Renzetti and Miles Hale and their thoughts on fine-scale modeling and tips from these pros you can apply to your modeling efforts. Bill Graham explores overcoming our fears and the limitations of our pre-set comfort zone when building a fine-scale model in his whimsical article entitled “You Can Do It!”

The Track Planner asks that we be honest with ourselves so we can formulate a detailed plan that addresses what we are trying to accomplish with our layout, how much space will be required, what era will work best, what standards we need to follow, and whether we are a freelance modeler, a prototype modeler, or a combination of both.

Harry M. Haythorn writes about the history and the features of Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard - the world’s largest classification yard. Geno Sharp, in his column Geno’s Corner, explores the challenges of being prototypically correct and a workaround he employed when full-length passenger cars just wouldn’t look prototypical on his new layout. Jack Hykaway gives a brief history of the San Francisco cable cars in this issue of Jack’s Junction.

If you enjoy reading in-depth philosophical explorations, then you will not only be challenged but will also relish reading the Food for Thought… column in which Andy Crawford contemplates the evolution of terms and definitions we use in our modeling language.

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also, keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

Happy Model Railroading!

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
YouTube Model Builders eMag


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Southern 4501 In Its green scheme  Is  She a Wonderful Engine

Also in 1 part of the video

She Passes a Diesel Engine   Get it  She 

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611 the she trsin runs over a gopro camera  people thought she was going 2 bust into ur room in the real word   get it she :D

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Does anybody know the 2016 schedule for the Steam Program? Last year, my father and I saw 611 in Manasass and chased it to Front Royal and back. Had a blast. This year, I'd like to fit in some trips to see Southern 630 and 4501. My great great grandfather was an engineer for the Southern, and the locomotive he used, the 1401, is actually in the Smithsonian. Any help with the schedule would be great, and maybe a map, so my dad and I could chase them too.

Was filming trains in Dalton, NY early today (where I had filmed NKP 765 almost 7 months ago).
A passing truck driver talked with me and my brother and mentioned about the excursion NKP 765 pulled back in August of 2015...Coincidence?

It should go to show that not only has the FWRHS and 765 left such a great impression (and mark) on those who got to see her and ride behind her last summer, but also to those towns she visited on her way along the former Erie Railroad Mainline.... Great to see how so many people of all ages are still talking about her!

What a way to bring back the memorys from such a great day!

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Now I know this is not one of the engines operated by NS, but it is a sister to the 765 and I saw her just 4 months before I saw the famous 2-8-4 herself.

Here, NKP 755 (on display in Conneaut, Ohio) sits near the former NYC Chicago Line. She was slowly being repainted when I visited the locomotive back in April and only the engine itself has been repainted (not the tender). She has since been fully repainted into her original NKP paint and she truly looks beautiful.

It's too bad she couldn't see her younger sister 765 steaming through town in both August and September of this year, but it's great to know that while 765 was in Conneaut this summer, the museum was able to take care of touching up the 755's paint. :)
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Hello all! Here is my video of my weekend with 611. I rode both the east and westbound trips and chased it on the day I did not ride it. Be sure to watch in HD and turn up the sound! Enjoy!
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